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Palestinian Narratives 2-Pack

Program #BARO001-PELE001.

Ramzy Baroud - Palestine: After the Last Sky

Mahmoud Darwish, the national poet of Palestine in a famous couplet asks, Where should we go after the last frontiers, where should the birds fly after the last sky? For many displaced Palestinians Darwish speaks to their dilemma. Where should they go? The role of the U.S. in the conflict is enormous. It is heavily biased in favor of Israel. No matter who is in the White House support for Tel Aviv is unwavering. Witness Washington’s defying international law by moving its embassy to Jerusalem. The Palestinian narrative is rarely heard and when it is it is muted and represented by non-Palestinians. Yet, despite more and more settlements, collective punishment, housing demolitions, walls and barriers Palestinians still resist being occupied. One State? Two State? No State? Can Palestinians and Israelis find a viable path to genuine peace based on justice?

Miko Peled - An Israeli Dissident View

Occupation has a corrosive and corrupting effect not just on the occupied but on the occupiers as well. The British learned this in Kenya as the French did in Algeria and maybe the U.S. did in Iraq. People don’t like to be occupied. Thus, severe measures are employed to keep them controlled. Israel is a case in point. Palestinians have endured more than five decades of occupation. They have been subjected to land seizures, destruction of homes and fruit trees, torture, checkpoints, curfews, barriers, collective punishment and extrajudicial killings. In terms of the tactics of repression Israel is no different from other occupiers. But there is one crucial difference: U.S. support. Washington has given over the years more than $130. billion in aid to Israel. That’s more than any other country gets by far. The U.S. by its largesse enables the occupation.

Recorded at Seattle Pacific University. 

 

Speaker(s):

Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter and The Last Earth.

Miko Peled

Miko Peled was born in Israel to a prominent Zionist family. His grandfather signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled served as a general in the 1967 war. He is an advocate for Palestinian rights and lectures widely on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is the author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine and Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.

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